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Chad Chronister, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 18-175

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • February 19, 2018
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    Deputies Arrest MS-13 Gang Member With AK-47

    He was standing in the street yelling at passing cars.
    • Sunday
    • February 18, 2018
    • Time: 6:00 PM
    • Lenfred Drive and Palmetto Road
    • Wimauma, Florida


    Raul Garcia Jr.
    DOB: 09/22/1996
    18420 S. Hwy 301
    Wimauma, FL



    • Possession of Methamphetamine
    • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
    • Improper Exhibition of a Firearm
    • Resist Arrest without Violence x3
    • Loitering and Prowling
    • Felon of Possession of a Firearm


    On February 18, 2018, at approximately 6 pm, Patrol District 4 deputies responded to Lenfred Drive and Palmetto Road in Wimauma for a report of an armed person seen on foot in the area.

    When deputies arrived, they learned from neighbors that the armed subject was standing in the street with long gun yelling at passing cars to stop. The subject was also jumping in front of cars in an attempt to make them stop as well.

    Deputies began checking the area and quickly spotted a Hispanic male, later identified as Raul Garcia Jr. wearing black shorts and no shirt carrying a black and brown rifle in his hands while walking near a truck. As deputies approached Garcia, deputies ordered Garcia to stop and drop the rifle. Garcia refused and fled on foot into the nearby woods.

    (Norinko SKS AK-47)

    Deputies assisted by K9 and a HCS0 helicopter searched the wooded area and located a Norinko SKS AK-47 rifle and later a green bag that Garcia was seen carrying. Deputies searched the woods and did not locate Garcia. A search of the green back seen carried by Garcia, revealed three small baggies of a white crystal substance which tested positive for methamphetamine, 4 methamphetamine pipes and five live .38 caliber rounds.

    Deputies continued actively searching for Garcia until he was located and arrested without incident at 118420 Hwy 301 South in Wimauma earlier this morning. The rifle was not reported stolen and it's history at this time is unknown. Raul Garcia Jr. is a certified MS 13 gang member. Garcia has been booked into the Hillsborough County Jail.

    The Investigation continues.

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